19 July 2016

UEFA Best Player in Europe: Cristiano, Bale shortlisted

RonaldoThe Portuguese and Welsh aces star in the 10-man list, but will face stiff competition from Messi and Griezmann.

UEFA revealed the 10-man shortlist for the Best Player in Europe award on Monday, and unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by stars from the recent UEFA Euro 2016 competition.

Two men to feature are Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, the Real Madrid superstars who enjoyed unforgettable campaigns in the European Championship.

Elsewhere, Lionel Messi – last year’s winner – also stars after winning the league and cup double with Barca and helping his national side reach the Copa America Centenario final.

Another standout player to make the list is Antoine Griezmann, the Golden Ball and Golden Boot winner of UEFA Euro 2016, after guiding Les Bleus to the final before losing to Portugal in extra-time.

There were some surprise exclusions, as Leciester City’s 2015/16 heroes Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy finished in 11th and 12th respectively.

Blaugrana ace Neymar, the man who made the 2015 final Ballon d’Or shortlist, enters at 19th spot – tied with Andres Iniesta, Renato Sanches, and Eden Hazard.

10-man Best Player in Europe Shortlist

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

Pepe (Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

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